Who Will Win MVP, Coach of the Year, and Other Awards at 2024 NFL Honors?

The 2024 NFL Honors are here. Who will win MVP, Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and the rest of this year's awards?

The NFL will announce its year-end awards at the NFL Honors ceremony on Thursday night. While some award winners will be cut and dry, other categories have multiple players worthy of consideration.

Here are our predictions for the 2024 NFL Honors, including MVP, Coach of the Year, the best rookies in each conference, and more.

Make sure to check out our updated list of 2024 NFL Awards winners as the actual event progresses.

Predictions for 2024 NFL Honors and Awards

MVP Award

Finalists: Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, Dak Prescott, Brock Purdy

While the MVP race was up in the air for much of the season, Jackson likely solidified the award down the stretch. He’s considered the overwhelming favorite to win on Thursday night and pick up his second league MVP trophy.

Jackson guided the Baltimore Ravens to a victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16 before throwing five touchdowns in a dominant, No. 1 seed-clinching win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

Four years after winning his first MVP award, Lamar is on pace for another after completing 67.2% of his pass attempts for 3,678 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 16 starts.

Jackson ranked third in adjusted net yards per attempt (7.34), tied for third in interception rate (1.5%), and finished fifth in EPA + CPOE composite (0.119).

And we haven’t mentioned Jackson’s contributions on the ground, where he led all quarterbacks in rushing yards (821). Among QBs, only Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen had more rushing first downs, while Hurts was the sole quarterback with a higher rushing success rate.

The MVP is often a narrative award, and that’s how it feels in 2024. Jackson might not have posted the best statistical results among NFL quarterbacks, but he was the driving force behind one of the league’s best offenses.

Prediction: Lamar Jackson

Offensive Player of the Year Award

Finalists: Tyreek Hill, Lamar Jackson, CeeDee Lamb, Christian McCaffrey, Dak Prescott

Every finalist has a case for OPOY, but this race will likely come down to Hill and McCaffrey, the best players at their respective positions in 2023.

Hill might’ve won the award had he not been hampered by injury issues near the end of the regular season. He played fewer than 50% of the Miami Dolphins’ snaps in a Week 14 loss to the Tennessee Titans before sitting out a Week 15 win over the New York Jets.

Had Hill played in those games and reached 2,000 receiving yards (instead of the 1,799 he finished with), he’d probably be the favorite Offensive Player of the Year.

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But McCaffrey posted a truly outstanding season that outshined every other running back in the league. He ended the year with 1,459 rushing yards, 292 more than any other RB. That’s the same gap between the second-ranked and the 21st-ranked back.

CMC decided to become the league’s best pure runner in 2023, but he didn’t give up his receiving responsibilities. He ranked second among RBs in receiving yards (564) and third in receptions (67) while leading the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) and total touchdowns (21).

Prediction: Christian McCaffrey

Defensive Player of the Year Award

Finalists: DaRon Bland, Maxx Crosby, Myles Garrett, Micah Parsons, T.J. Watt

Bland’s nine interceptions led the league, and he set a new NFL record by returning five for pick-sixes. But the second-year corner was too inconsistent in coverage otherwise to garner serious consideration for Defensive Player of the Year.

While any of the four defensive end finalists have a case for DPOY, Garrett should be considered the favorite. He received 40 first-place votes in the Associated Press’ All-Pro selection process, and those same voters will determine the Defensive Player of the Year award winner.

Garrett, who’d never received a single DPOY vote until the 2022 season, was the best player on one of the NFL’s top defenses. The division-rival Baltimore Ravens boasted the only defense that could rival Garrett’s Cleveland Browns, but the Ravens don’t have a standout player like the former No. 1 overall pick.

Garrett put up 14 sacks (tied for seventh-most in the NFL) while posting 30 QB hits and 89 total pressures. He also ranked second in pass-rush win rate (30%) despite being double-teamed on 29% of his attempts.

Prediction: Myles Garrett

Offensive Rookie of the Year Award

Finalists: Jahmyr Gibbs, Sam LaPorta, Puka Nacua, Bijan Robinson, C.J. Stroud

Despite how well Gibbs, LaPorta, and Robinson played in their NFL debuts, the Offensive Rookie of the Year award is a two-man race.

Nacua’s receiving totals weren’t in the same dimension as any other rookie wideout. He had 500+ more yards and 15 more receptions than Kansas City Chiefs WR Rashee Rice, the next-best in both categories.

The BYU product’s statistics can only be compared to those of other dominant NFL receivers. Nacua ranked top-six league-wide in targets (163), receptions (114), receiving yards (1,667), and yards per route run (2.75), all of which were new NFL rookie records.

But quarterbacks are the most important players on the field, and Stroud already looked like a 10-year veteran. The No. 2 overall pick wrapped up his rookie campaign with 23 touchdown passes and a league-low 1% interception rate.

Stroud guided the Houston Texans’ instant turnaround, finding connections with wideouts Nico Collins and Tank Dell en route to winning the AFC South. He completed over three-quarters of his passes and threw three TDs in Houston’s Wild Card win over the Cleveland Browns and didn’t look overwhelmed in the Texans’ loss to the Ravens in the Divisional Round.

Prediction: C.J. Stroud

Defensive Rookie of the Year Award

Finalists: Will Anderson, Jalen Carter, Joey Porter Jr., Kobie Turner, Devon Witherspoon

While the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense was one of the more disappointing units in the league in 2023, the club’s overall performance didn’t stop Carter from posting an outstanding season.

Carter posted six sacks, second among first-year interior defenders, trailing only the Rams’ Kobie Turner. However, Turner also rushed the passer 70 more times than Carter.

The Eagles rookie ranked sixth among defensive tackles with a 16% pass-rush win rate.

Four players in front of Carter — Aaron Donald, DeForest Buckner, Dexter Lawrence, and Chris Jones —  have All-Pro seasons on their résumés.

Prediction: Jalen Carter

Comeback Player of the Year Award

Finalists: Joe Flacco, Damar Hamlin, Baker Mayfield, Mathew Stafford, Tua Tagovailoa

Hamlin only played 111 snaps this past season (94 on special teams, 17 on defense), but a lone snap would have been enough to give the Bills safety the NFL’s 2023 Comeback Player of the Year award.

Hamlin, of course, suffered cardiac arrest during Week 17 of the 2022 campaign and required Buffalo’s training and medical staff to save his life on the field. Miraculously, the 25-year-old fully recovered and returned to NFL action.

While he was only active for five games in 2023, Hamlin has been an inspiration and more than deserves this award.

Prediction: Damar Hamlin

Coach of the Year Award

Finalists: Dan Campbell, John Harbaugh, DeMeco Ryans, Kyle Shanahan, Kevin Stefanski

The NFL was full of outstanding coaching performances in 2023, but no head coach dealt with more adversity at the sport’s most critical position than Stefanski.

In his fourth season as the Cleveland Browns’ HC, Stefanski thought he’d have a complete season to work with Deshaun Watson. But the veteran quarterback missed time with multiple injuries before being shut down for good after Week 10.

Stefanski handled the murky Watson situation with aplomb and won games with Dorian Thompson-Robinson and PJ Walker under center before finding an answer in veteran Joe Flacco.

Stefanski had to deal with more than just QB issues. RB Nick Chubb went down with a devastating knee injury in Week 2. Amari Cooper was banged up. And the Browns played most of the year with second and third-stringers at offensive tackle.

Fighting through it all, Stefanksi charted a path for Cleveland to finish with 12 wins, the Browns’ most victories since 1986.

Prediction: Kevin Stefanski

Assistant Coach of the Year

Finalists: Ben Johnson, Mike Macdonald, Todd Monken, Jim Schwartz, Bobby Slowik

Schwartz’s Browns defense was the most efficient unit in the league by EPA per play, but Macdonald’s Ravens ranked first in points allowed and DVOA.

It’s an extremely tight battle, but Schwartz was working with far more talent. Cleveland had one of the NFL’s best players in Garrett, plus complementary pass rushers in Za’Darius Smith and Ogbo Okoronkowo. They had DT Dalvin Tomlinson in the middle of their line and Denzel Ward, Martin Emerson, Greg Newsome, Grant Delpit (for most of the season), and Juan Thornhill in the back end.

Meanwhile, Baltimore led the NFL in sacks (60), with Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy as their primary edge rushers. Linebacker Roquan Smith took his game to the next level, earning first-team All-Pro honors alongside Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton.

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Macdonald had to work around injuries to valuable contributors like CB Marlon Humphery, S Marcus Williams, and pass rushers Odafe Oweh, David Ojabo, and Tyus Bowser — all while designing the league’s most modern defense.

There’s a reason the Seattle Seahawks chose Macdonald as their next head coach, and he’ll be missed in Baltimore in 2024.

Prediction: Mike Macdonald

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